Thursday, October 8th 2020

AMD Launches AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Desktop Processors: The Fastest Gaming CPUs in the World

Today, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) introduced the highly anticipated AMD Ryzen 5000 Series desktop processor lineup powered by the new "Zen 3" architecture. Offering up to 16 cores, 32 threads and 72 MB of cache in the top-of-the-line AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors dominate in heavily threaded workloads1 and power efficiency2, while the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X processor offers up to a 26% generational uplift in gaming performance3. With extensive improvements throughout the core including a unified 8-core complex with direct access to 32 MB L3 cache, the new AMD "Zen 3" core architecture delivers a 19% generational increase in instructions per cycle (IPC)4, the largest since the introduction of "Zen" processors in 2017.

"Our commitment with each generation of our Ryzen processors has been to build the best PC processors in the world. The new AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Desktop Processors extend our leadership from IPC4, power efficiency2 to single-core5, multi-core performance1 and gaming6," said Saeid Moshkelani, senior vice president and general manager, client business unit, AMD. "Today, we are extremely proud to deliver what our community and customers have come to expect from Ryzen processors - dominant multi-core1 and single-core performance5 and true gaming leadership6 - all within a broad ecosystem of motherboards and chipsets that are drop-in ready for AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Desktop Processors."
AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Desktop Processors
Featuring a remarkable 19% IPC increase4 over the prior generation in PC workloads, the "Zen 3" architecture pushes gaming and content creation performance leadership6,1 to a new level. "Zen 3" architecture reduces latency from accelerated core and cache communication and doubles the directly accessible L3 cache per core while delivering up to 2.8X more performance-per-watt versus the competition2.

The top of the line 16 core AMD Ryzen 9 5950X offers:
  • The highest single-thread performance of any desktop gaming processor5
  • The most multi-core performance of any desktop gaming processor and any desktop processor in a mainstream CPU socket1
The 12 core AMD Ryzen 9 5900X offers the best gaming experience by:
  • Average of 7% faster in 1080p gaming across select game titles than the competition7
  • Average of 26% faster in 1080p gaming across select titles generationally8
AMD 500 series motherboards are ready for AMD Ryzen 5000 Series desktop processors with a simple BIOS update. This broad ecosystem support and readiness includes over 100 AMD 500 series motherboards from all major motherboard manufacturers. AMD Ryzen 5000 Series desktop processors announced today are expected to be available for purchase globally on November 5, 2020.

AMD Ryzen Equipped to Win Game Bundle
The AMD Ryzen Equipped to Win game bundle program is back with the highly anticipated next chapter in the Far Cry series, Far Cry 6. Customers who purchase an AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, or AMD Ryzen 7 5800X processor between November 5th, 2020 and December 31st, 2020 will receive a complimentary copy of Far Cry 6 Standard Edition - PC digital when released10 . Additionally, customers who purchase an AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT, or AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT processor between October 20th, 2020 and December 31st, 2020 will also receive a free copy of Far Cry 6 Standard Edition - PC digital10.1 Testing by AMD performance labs as of 09/01/2020. Multi-core performance evaluated with Cinebench R20 nT with a similarly configured Ryzen 9 5950X vs. a Core i9-10900K. Results may vary. R5K-005
2 Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 09/01/2020 using Cinebench R20 nT versus system wall power during full load CPU test using a Core i9-10900K, Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 9 5900X, Ryzen 9 3950X, and a Ryzen 9 5950X configured with: 2x8GB DDR4-3600, GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, Samsung 860 Pro SSD, Noctua NH-D15s cooler, and an open-air test bench with no additional power draw sources. Results may vary. R5K-007
3 Testing by AMD performance labs as of 09/01/2020 measuring gaming performance of a Ryzen 9 5900X desktop processor vs. a Ryzen 9 3900XT in 11 popular titles at 1920x1080, the High image quality preset, and the newest graphics API available for each title (e.g. DirectX 12 or Vulkan or DirectX 11). Results may vary. R5K-009
4 Testing by AMD performance labs as of 09/01/2020. IPC evaluated with a selection of 25 workloads running at a locked 4GHz frequency on 8-core "Zen 2" Ryzen 7 3800XT and "Zen 3" Ryzen 7 5800X desktop processors configured with Windows 10, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (451.77), Samsung 860 Pro SSD, and 2x8GB DDR4-3600. Results may vary. R5K-003
5 Testing by AMD performance labs as of 09/01/2020 with a Ryzen 9 5950X processor vs a Core i9-10900K configured with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2080 Ti graphics, Samsung 860 Pro SSD, 2X8 DDR4-3600, Windows 10 and a Noctua NH-D15s cooler. Single-core performance evaluated with Cinebench R20 1T benchmark. Results may vary. R5K-004
6 Testing by AMD performance labs as of 9/2/2020 based on the average FPS across 40 PC games at 1920x1080 with the High image quality preset using an AMD Ryzen 9 5900X processor vs. Core i9-10900K. Results may vary. R5K-002
7 Testing by AMD performance labs as of 09/01/2020 measuring the Gaming performance of a Ryzen 9 5900X vs a Core i9-10900K in 11 popular titles at 1920x1080, the High image quality preset, and the newest graphics API available for each title (e.g. DirectX 12 or Vulkan over DirectX 11, or DirectX 11 over DirectX 9). GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (451.77), 2x8GB DDR4-3600, Noctua NH-D15s, and Windows 10 May 2020 Update (build 2004) used for all titles. Results may vary. R5K-010
8 Testing by AMD performance labs as of 09/01/2020 measuring gaming performance of a Ryzen 9 5900X desktop processor vs. a Ryzen 9 3900XT in 11 popular titles at 1920x1080, the High image quality preset, and the newest graphics API available for each title (e.g. DirectX 12 or Vulkan or DirectX 11). Results may vary. R5K-009
9 Max boost for AMD Ryzen Processors is the maximum frequency achievable by a single core on the processor running a bursty single-threaded workload. Max boost will vary based on several factors, including, but not limited to: thermal paste; system cooling; motherboard design and BIOS; the latest AMD chipset driver; and the latest OS updates. GD-150
10 Limited time offer available through participating retailers only. 18+ only. Following purchase, product must be installed on system where coupon code will be redeemed. Void where prohibited. Residency and additional limitations apply. Full offer terms at www.amdrewards.com/terms.
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216 Comments on AMD Launches AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Desktop Processors: The Fastest Gaming CPUs in the World

#26
Erazor6000
Excellent performance!
Average of 5 to 10 % better than 10900K.

At least it seems that this time they made "The Fastest Gaming CPU".
5900X gives better performance in DOTA 2 than 10900K, and obviously better than my 10700K, which for me was the best gaming CPU.
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#27
ahenriquedsj
The craziest thing is you can slap it in the old b450 board, it's the same as I would replace 7600k with 10600k
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#28
Bubster
Go Get 'em Dr Su ...Fricking Intel and Nvidia have become complacent...Lead the way AMD.
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#29
Selaya
holy fucking price hike
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#30
ebivan
birdie
To add to my previous post: I hate when people choose companies - you should choose products and root for healthy competition and AMD now has perfectly shown that when competition falters, customers get punished hard. I've been eagerly waiting for the Ryzen 5000 series but now I'm hesitating whether to upgrade from my 3700X. A performance uplift is great but the cost of the upgrade is not palatable at all. There's no way I will be able to sell my 3700X for $330 I bought it for. At most I'll get $200 for it on the secondary market. Paying $250 to get 20% more performance? I don't know.
Why on Earth would you upgrade a one year old CPU? Just to say you got the biggest? Oh sorry I meant fastest....
There is absolutely no need to swap out a Ryzen 3xxx for that theoretical (up too) 20% gain in low resolutions...
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#31
birdie
ebivan
Why on Earth would you upgrade a one year old CPU? Just to say you got the biggest? Oh sorry I meant fastest....
There is absolutely no need to swap out a Ryzen 3xxx for that theoretical (up too) 20% gain in low resolutions...
I like compiling and doing video encoding which both should become quite faster with this generation as well. I couldn't care less about normal resolution gaming because I don't have and I don't intend to buy a high refresh rate monitor and my 1660 Ti drives my old 1080p 74Hz monitor just fine.
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#32
fynxer
CmdrLaw
Boost clocks on the 5800X and 3800XT are the same.

Thats a shame.

I get the IPC increase, but a little disappointing.
Think AMD is playing it save with the clocks since they managed to get up the performance in other ways.

It could also be that here is much more overclocking head room on the 5000 series so you easily can push +5GHz anyways with good cooling.
Zmon
What. There's quite a few videos on the web with a 10900k/3080 @ 4k high settings doing ~90 fps. Warzone tends to average around 80 with RTX on, and 85 with it off. Regardless, we won't know how Big Navi performs until the 28th at the earliest, so I wouldn't be tossing out things like that until then.
They tested BIG Navi with the Ryzen 5000 series and got 88 FPS, you really think it will perform the same with i9-10900K, no, BIG Navi will be 5-10% slower with i9-10900K.

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#33
ebivan
birdie
I like compiling and doing video encoding which both should become quite faster with this generation as well. I couldn't care less about normal resolution gaming because I don't have and I don't intend to buy a high refresh rate monitor and my 1660 Ti drives my old 1080p 74Hz monitor just fine.
Well, for video encoding you simply should have gotten more cores. 3900x or 3950x, would be bigger upgrades for your 3700 than a 5700x for that workload and are much cheaper (even more if you wait until 5000 comes out and 3000 prices drop
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#34
Dyatlov A
What is with x470 motherboards, did she say anything about those?
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#35
Metroid
AMD's next objective after zen 2 was always going for the gaming segment and they did, amd did not need to make any miracles because aside from nvidia which they are competing 8nm with their 7nm gpus. On the cpu side of things, their 7nm cpus is competing x a 14nm cpu, so is not apples to apples like amd x nvidia on the gpu side, given every generation from 45nm to 14nm, intel used to give 5 to 10%, so if we think about, intel 7nm will give around 15% ipc which translates to 5% ipc over amd, So all in all is great work from amd.

Letting aside ryzen, her preview of the rx 6xxx series on 4k was that the amd's "top gpu" which I'm assuming is 17% lower than the rtx 3080, not bad, if amd can price it 20% lower than rtx 3080 then we will have a winner here.
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#36
wheresmycar
ebivan
Why on Earth would you upgrade a one year old CPU? Just to say you got the biggest? Oh sorry I meant fastest....
There is absolutely no need to swap out a Ryzen 3xxx for that theoretical (up too) 20% gain in low resolutions...
WHY NOT?

It's down to user preference. For eg, a colleague of mine was informed to pick up a 3600 for £160 for gaming opposed to a 3700X (he was adamant going 8-cores). Money saved for faster single threaded Zen 3... makes perfect sense. Now he has the opportunity to sell the 3600 for around £150+ (possibly a profit if 3000-series maintains higher asking price during 5000 availability), throw in another £100-£150 and you've got yourself a considerably faster Zen 3 5600X. He's not spending a dime over what he would have paid for a 3700X overkill.

Regardless of the 3700X comparison.... a 20% mark up for £100-£150... is peanuts compared to what you're paying nowadays for "expensive" graphics cards.

Another segment of customers who should absolutely consider the upgrade (assuming money isn't a problem) > the 240hz low res bandits! 20% goes a long way for higher refresh rate gaming with lesser compromise of game quality settings.
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#37
DuxCro
No reason to upgrade from my R5 3600. Why are they advertising 12 and 16 core CPU's as "gaming" CPU's? Any games out there that know how to use 12 and 16 cores? IF yes, how many of them? A handful?
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#38
okbuddy
big navi $50 cheaper than 3080
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#39
Calmmo
When the 5900x looks like the best price/perf you know they've gone wrong at some point during their decision making.

OK for me since R9 is the only thing that interests me but for the more budget oriented this launch lineup and pricing is extremely meh.
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#40
birdie
It's funny AMD has leaked yet to be announced 5900XT and 5950XT in their own presentation:

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#41
CmdrLaw
fynxer
Think AMD is playing it save with the clocks since they managed to get up the performance in other ways.

It could also be that here is much more overclocking head room on the 5000 series so you easily can push +5GHz anyways with good cooling.
GN Advised that AMD told them the OC Headroom would actually be lower than previous releases.
Its the delicious Cache amounts that are intriguing, I wonder how much is affecting performance.
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#42
Mysteoa
Dyatlov A
What is with x470 motherboards, did she say anything about those?
They are working with mother MB vendors expect bioses for 400 series around January.
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#43
CmdrLaw
birdie
It's funny AMD has leaked yet to be announced 5900XT and 5950XT in their own presentation:
Could be a copy paste error from the preceding 3900XT 3950XT
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#45
Chaitanya
birdie
AMD fans never fail to disappoint with double standards. Intel and NVIDIA have always been "evil" but once AMD does that, suddenly it's perfectly fine because they just follow suit.
And you are blind to see there are no 600 series of chipsets rather just BIOS upgrades to existing 500 and 400 chipsets unlike Intel who always launch new chipsets with each "generation" and their CPU launches tend to be paper launches with non existent supply at exhorbitant prices in retail.
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#46
midnightoil
birdie
It's funny AMD has leaked yet to be announced 5900XT and 5950XT in their own presentation:


They changed nomenclature shortly before launch, and decided to call them the 5900X and 5950X instead.

If Zen 4 stays on target for Q4 next year, I doubt they'll bother with any XT parts.
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#47
Raendor
Pff, 10600k is most likely better than 5600x, considering uplift from 3600, over which 10600 had considerable advantage, and jacked up price of zen 3 processors. Disappointing. Rocket lake and alder lake in 21 will likely put amd to shame again.
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#48
Mysteoa
fynxer
NO NEED TO CANCEL YOUR RTX 3080 ORDERS AND IF YOU HAVE NOT ORDERED YOUR RTX 3080 YET, DO IT NOW, IT WILL BE A HEFTY PRICE HIKE FAIRLY SOON.

BIG Navi, not so impressive at 88FPS in Modern Warfare Ultra 4K, this is probably around 3070 or 3070Ti performance.

Checked out the 3080 with i9-10900K, doing well over 100FPS in Modern Warfare Ultra 4K and on top of that 3080 should do even better paired with the Ryzen 5000 series.

It is what it is, with BIG Navi it all comes down to pricing, it will probably hit $499-599 price range depending on memory size and compete with 3070 or 3070Ti.

3080 and 3090 will be the undisputed performance kings in gaming for the foreseeable future and we will probably see an even further price hike of 3080 cards due to no competition in combination with the extreme shortage. The new normal for 3080 partner cards will be around or over the $1000 price tag.

Just too bad BIG Navi wasn't a better performer, now nvidia have no reason to release 3080Ti until Q3 2021

And you know that from just 3 games that AMD benchmarked and by only comparing in MW?

If you check Eurogamer review of 3080 - They have Borderlands 3 and Gears 5 running on the max settings on 4k. Borderlands 3 - NV is 65 and AMD is 61. Gears 5- NV is 80 and AMD is 73. That is for average.
If you check Hexus review of 3080 - They have Borderlands 3 and Gears 5 running on the max settings on 4k. Borderlands 3 - NV is 60 and AMD is 61. Gears 5- NV is 77 and AMD is 73. That is for average.

So different configuration aside, we can think of the tested Big Navi at around 3080 performance. What we don't know is this the Biggest NAVI or the step down. How much the 3gen Zen helps at 4k?
With all this I recommend even more to wait and see.
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#49
Searing
birdie
AMD fans never fail to disappoint with double standards. Intel and NVIDIA have always been "evil" but once AMD does that, suddenly it's perfectly fine because they just follow suit.
Except you are missing that Intel hasn't lowered their pricing. If AMD is number one in gaming and 20-30 percent ahead in everything else, I'll buy AMD obviously if Intel is the same price. People were buying AMD because the performance/dollar for the Ryzen 3600 for example is insane compared to Intel.

We'll apply the same standards, if Intel massively lowers their prices, I'd prefer Intel over the overpriced AMD but right now it is high price vs high price, and AMD is ahead.
Raendor
Pff, 10600k is most likely better than 5600x, considering uplift from 3600, over which 10600 had considerable advantage, and jacked up price of zen 3 processors. Disappointing. Rocket lake and alder lake in 21 will likely put amd to shame again.
My 10600k was an absolute dog, couldn't even clock all cores at 5ghz. It consumes more than double the power vs the Ryzen 5600. I think you'll not be disappointed at anything except the price of the 5600. The 10600k is a bad chip. Right now Intel's two best products are the i5-10400f and i7-10700, the 10700 is the 5600's competition.
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#50
Raendor
Chaitanya
And you are blind to see there are no 600 series of chipsets rather just BIOS upgrades to existing 500 and 400 chipsets unlike Intel who always launch new chipsets with each "generation" and their CPU launches tend to be paper launches with non existent supply at exhorbitant prices in retail.
you had z170 and z270 supporting 2 gens, same for z370 and z390 upping the count to 6/12 and 8/16 respectivel. Now z490 will support rocket lake and z590 will support both 10th and 11th gen.
wtf are you talking about paper launch? I could get 10th gen all the time since launch in Europe for msrp. It was cheaper in summer than now actually. Missed on 10700 for €312, which I regret a bit.
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